By Vicki Needham - 05/27/11 07:25 PM EDT
High gas and food prices, combined with concern over inflation, had created lower levels of confidence in March and April.
Gas prices have dropped to an average of $3.81 a gallon from a high of about $4 earlier in the month, lifting confidence.
That decrease in prices isn't reflected in another set of figures released Friday by the Commerce Department, because its numbers run behind by a month.
Personal income and spending rose 0.4 percent in April, although those high prices soaked up most of consumers' extra cash.